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How Many Smirnoff Ices To Get Drunk?

Charl Joost
Last Updated: February 24th, 2023

Before deciding, how many Smirnoff Ices you need to consume to get drunk, it is necessary to know what a Smirnoff Ice is and the history surrounding its introduction to the global market.

Smirnoff is a brand of vodka owned and produced by the British company Diageo. Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov established a vodka distillery in Moscow in 1864. Pyotr’s son Vladimir Smirnov fled the revolution in 1917 and opened a distillery in France.

Smirnoff is the top-selling vodka in the world, distributing to 130 countries, with sales of over 25.6 million nine-liter cases in 2019. Smirnoff products in the USA are made at a facility in Plainfield, Illinois.

What is Smirnoff Ice?

Smirnoff Ice is a premium flavored malt beverage first introduced to the world market in 1999. Smirnoff Ice has an alcohol content of 4.5% ABV and is a ready-to-drink, citrus-flavored drink. Smirnoff Ice now comes in many different flavors.

As per the official Smirnoff website, the Smirnoff Ice Original, sold and marketed in the United States, contains no vodka.

Smirnoff Ice is brewed, like beer, allowing it to be sold in grocery stores, the same as beer, whereas vodka is a distilled alcoholic product sold only in a Liquor store.

Smirnoff Ice (Smirnoff Vodka No7) is found outside the USA and in countries that receive US-made vodka, and the label states that it contains Smirnoff Vodka 21 with an ABV% of 4.5-7 %, depending on the flavor.

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Blood Alcohol Content

Most areas in the United States have a legal limit of 0,08 % Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels for driving. Beer and Smirnoff Ice have a similar ABV OF 5%, and consuming three to four twelve-ounce shots of Smirnoff Ice will put you over the legal limit.

A Blood Alcohol Level of 0.08% indicates that there are 0.08 grams per 100ml of blood tested. The rate at which the body gets rid of the alcohol in your system is 0.015% per hour.

Thus if you are at a level of 0.08%, it will take five hours to remove the alcohol from your system.

Factors Affecting How Quickly You Get Drunk

There are multiple factors that you need to consider when looking into “How Many Smirnoff Ices To Get Drunk”. Let’s take a look at some variables.

Alcohol Proof

A 12oz shot of Smirnoff Ice with a 4.5% ABV will have approximately 15ml of alcohol, whereas a straight shot of Smirnoff Vodka of 1.5oz at 40% ABV will have 20 ml of alcohol.

Although you will need less straight vodka to get drunk, a few Smirnoff Ice will undoubtedly get you feeling tipsy

How quickly Consumed.

Drinking two or three Smirnoff Ice in an hour and continuing to have more will affect you quicker than spacing four or five out over five hours in an evening.

Body Weight

Body mass tends to affect the number of drinks consumed before feeling the effects of alcohol. For example, people under 100 pounds can reach the legal limit after two Smirnoff Ice, whereas someone weighing 200 pounds could consume three to four before reaching the legal limit.


Women tend to get drunk faster than men due to women having a lower level of the Dehydrogenase enzyme that is responsible for breaking down alcohol in the liver.

However, I have seen women who drink regularly and can keep pace with most men.

Alcohol Tolerance

People who only drink occasionally or those drinking for the first time will get drunk quicker and will be able to consume less than the experienced drinker who parties almost every weekend. Those that drink regularly develop a certain tolerance.

That said, even the experienced drinker will get drunk if he drinks too much Smirnoff ice too quickly. So the best advice is to nurse your six malt liquor drinks slowly throughout the night and avoid a mega hangover the following morning.

Food Intake

Having a proper meal or eating snacks while drinking will help slow down the alcohol in the stomach before sending it to the bloodstream and effectively delays the symptoms of drunkenness and minimizing hangovers in the morning

Varieties and Flavours

Smirnoff Ice comes in various flavors, usually sold as an 11,2-ounce bottle with six in a pack or a 12oz can six-pack. The most popular flavors are:

  1. Original
  2. Strawberry
  3. Raspberry
  4. Watermelon
  5. Blue
  6. Screwdriver
  7. Green Apple
  8. Summer
  9. Lemon
  10. Pink Lemonade
  11. Orange
  12. Peach Bellini
  13. Guarana
  14. Double Black

How to Drink Smirnoff

Smirnoff Ice is a premium flavored malt beverage that is ready to drink and ordinarily drunk straight from the bottle or, if you are more refined, poured into a glass. There are, however, some exciting cocktails worth trying:

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Ice Shandy


  • 7oz of Smirnoff Ice Original
  • 5oz of lager beer
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Pour all the ingredients into a pint glass
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel

Coconut Rum Lemonade


  • 2oz coconut rum
  • 0,5oz amaretto
  • 1oz Cointreau Triple Sec
  • 0.5oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Smirnoff Ice Original


  • Combine coconut rum, Cointreau Triple Sec, Amaretto, and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice
  • Top with Smirnoff Ice Original
  • Garnish with a  lemon wheel and mint sprig

Ice Cosmopolitan Cocktail


  • 2oz Smirnoff Vodka 21
  • 0.75oz Cointreau
  • 0.25oz cranberry juice
  • 15oz Smirnoff Ice Original


  • Combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with some ice
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a cocktail glass
  • Garnish with an orange slab

Ice Jager Bomb Shot


  • 1.5oz Jagermeister
  • 8oz Smirnoff Ice Original


  • Pour the Smirnoff Ice Original into a pint glass
  • Pour Jagermeister into a shot glass
  • Drop the shot into the pint glass and drink

Smirnoff Icing

The drinking game or prank of Smirnoff icing was initially called “Bros Icing Bros” and was a trick that fraternity brothers played on each other. It started in 2010 with frat brothers at the College of Charleston sending an email to the website BroBible.

The email laid out the two crucial rules of the game:

  1. If a friend surprises you with a Smirnoff Ice, you must immediately drop to one knee and drink it regardless of where you are.
  2. If you have a Smirnoff Ice on you when someone tries to ice you, that unlucky icer must drink both your ice and the one they wanted to trick you with.

The craze spread like wildfire across the US, with College students carrying bottles of Smirnoff Ice in their Backpacks in self-defense of an ‘icing’.

How Many Smirnoff Ices To Get Drunk – FAQ’s

Can you get Drunk on Smirnoff Ice?

Most Beers and Smirnoff Ice have a similar alcohol content ranging from 4-7% ABV. Due to Beer and Smirnoff Ice having similar alcohol contents, it’s likely that if you get drunk on six beers, you will also get drunk on six Smirnoff Ice.

Is Smirnoff Ice healthier than beer?

Smirnoff Ice is popular with people who want something lighter and sweeter than beer but with a lower alcohol content than alcohol like whisky or rum. Even though it tastes light, Smirnoff Ice has 245 calories in one 12oz bottle, which is high.

How Long does it Take for Smirnoff Ice to Kick in?

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol enters your bloodstream as soon as you take that first sip. The effects kick in within about 10 minutes

About The Author

Charl Joost

Charl is a trainer, public speaker, and professional writer. While he has been coached to niche down, he has many passions. These include golf, gardening, technology, and a decent cup of coffee or two. Charl loves to learn about new products and tries everything he writes about.

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